Findings from a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that more than one-third of U.S. adults may have taken prescription opioids during 2015. The research team reviewed information on 51,200 participants in the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

It projects that 91.8 million (37.8 percent) of U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized adults used prescription opioids, 11.5 million (4.7 percent) misused them, and 1.9 million (0.8 percent) had a use disorder. Among adults taking prescription opioids, 12.5 percent reported misuse, and of those, 16.7 percent reported a prescription opioid use disorder. Misuse and use disorders were most commonly reported in adults who were uninsured, were unemployed, had low income, or had behavioral health problems. Among adults with misuse, 59.9 percent stated that they had used opioids without a prescription and 40.8 percent obtained prescription opioids for free from friends or relatives for their most recent episode of misuse. Learn more...

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